Introduction to Dzogchen Retreat
Explore the View, Meditation and Conduct of the Great Perfection
with B. Alan Wallace
22 - 28 October 2012
A residential retreat at St. Joseph's Centre for Reflective Living, Baulkham Hills, NSW Australia
About the Retreat
The central theme of the teachings on the Great Perfection, or Dzogchen in Tibetan, is the realization of one's own Buddha nature, which is known as "pristine awareness" (rigpa).
During this weeklong retreat Alan Wallace will offer a commentary on Dudjom Rinpoche's classic text Extracting the Vital Essence of Accomplishment: Direct and Clear Guidance for Practice in a Mountain Retreat, which presents a concise, authoritative explanation of the view, meditation, and way of life of the Great Perfection.
Each of three of these elements of practice arises in dependence upon the other two, and when we unify these three elements, we come to know our own fundamental nature as pristine awareness, primordially pure and indivisible from the mind of the Buddha.
This retreat is ideal for anyone wishing to deepen their meditative practice and learn about the essential guidelines to practice, the pitfalls and the meditative experiences along the path, and the culmination in the realization of the deepest potential of the mind.
About the Retreat Leader
Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind.
Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford.
With his unique background, Alan brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world.
Note: The first part of the morning and afternoon sessions include guided (and silent) meditations and teachings. The second part of these sessions usually contains a meditation and Q&A. These audio files are uploaded without editting. The evening sessions are lightly edited to remove the silent meditations.